Fred Flintstone at the Cross House
One day I pulled up the 1970s vinyl flooring in the Cross House kitchen.
Under was 1950s flooring.
I pulled that up.
Under was a thin layer of Masonite-type boards.
I laboriously pulled all that up.
Under was…wow. Wild! Weird!
ABOVE: The very first layer of linoleum in the kitchen of the Cross House, resting atop the 1894 maple flooring.
There can be no question: The Cross House has the EXACT same flooring the Flintstone’s have in their home. Right?
The flooring is so crazy!
Even more amazing than its appearance is its construction. With modern flooring, the colors would simply be laid upon a plain sheet of vinyl. With time, one would wear through the coloring. But the Flintstone flooring is solid color all the way through. To do this, each and every color you see above is a separate piece from the adjacent color. I repeat: a separate piece.
You can see this more obviously in the below image, where a section of the floor is damaged:
ABOVE: See what I mean about each piece being separate?
I cannot fathom how they did this. Today, such flooring could be created by computer lasers. But then? Were legions of munchkins kept locked in vast warehouses and forced to laboriously snip snip snip zillions of these pieces?
The flooring stuns me. It is both beautiful and very odd (a combo I, for some reason, always find appealing).
Sadly though, while in amazing shape for its age, I cannot keep it; too many areas are damaged. And under is the original pine flooring. I would love to restore that.
The plan is to carefully pull up the Flintstone flooring, and use it to make, perhaps, counter tops for the kitchen, and, perhaps, as a surface for the huge table in the laundry room (below the kitchen). This way the flooring will remain in the Cross House, where it has been for 80+ years, but repurposed.
I think Fred & Wilma would approve.
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